- Associated Press - Sunday, February 5, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Mexican man was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison on drug convictions related to an attempt by bandits in the southern Arizona desert to steal drugs from rival traffickers.

Pedro Ojeda-Ramirez, 24, was sentenced on Thursday for his guilty pleas to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

The case stems from a call that U.S. Border Patrol agents received on May 2 from a man who said he had been shot on the Tohono O’odham reservation and was later determined to have stolen drugs from rival traffickers.

Authorities say Ojeda-Ramirez later acknowledged that he and others had shot at the bandits in a bid to get back the stolen drugs.

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